2 CMSD graduated featured in ESPN2 profile on July 7
Two wrestlers, who are 2009 graduates of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, were profiled Sunday, July 7, 2013 on the ESPN2 program “Outside the Lines.”
The show, which airs at 9 a.m., highlights the friendship and bond of Leroy Sutton and Dartanyon Crockett, two wrestlers at Lincoln-West High School, who found their physical challenges no barriers to their success on the mat. Crockett is legally blind; Sutton has no legs.
The global sports network revisited a feature it aired Aug. 2, 2009, on Sutton and Crockett. In the updated story, journalist Tom Rinaldi reports on how the original feature came together.
“A wrestler who couldn’t walk carried to matches by a wrestler who couldn’t see,” Rinaldi said in his original profile. He described Sutton and Crockett as “brothers more than wrestlers.”
Rinaldi goes behind the scenes to show the determination and the love the two athletes shared for each other and how their relationship affected Lisa Fenn, the Cleveland native who produced the original video.
After the feature aired, Fenn received more than 700 emails from people who wanted to help Crockett and Sutton go to college.
Crockett went on to become a member of the USA Judo team, earned a medal in the 2012 Paralympics in London and now lives and studies in Colorado Springs, Colo. Sutton is a college student in Phoenix, and he was in London to cheer Crockett on.
Their stories, and their close relationship with Fenn, were documented in the feature, which is 21 minutes long, an unusual length for an ESPN video package.
“Whether it’s one minute, or 21, the ultimate goal is to present quality, entertaining and informative feature pieces,” said Mark Gross, ESPN senior vice president and executive producer, production. “We’re happy to carve out whatever time it takes to tell the best stories on television.”